Fresh Events: From Day to Night

Maybe you just got a job that involves lots of post-work events (Congratulations!), or twice a year, you’re expected to show up at a big corporate event where the memo booms “all hands on deck”.  If it stresses you out how to take an outfit from office to party, then this is your event. If a simple black dress is your thing, great.  If you like a funky tunic with bold pattern, awesome…day to night event

About Your Style Coach:

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Liz is the Foundress of LIZPR (www.lizpr.com), a company that promotes and styles classical musicians.  Liz prepares her clients for the stage, photo shoots, and auditions, but she loves styling anyone who wants to make a statement (from conservative to edgy) with his or her apparel. Liz encourages her clients to step out of their comfort zone and try something on they never would have chosen.  With every outfit you try on, be prepared for this!

This Events Featured Designer: Desserts And Skirts

This Fresh, Fun, Fabulous event is also your opportunity to preview the new 2013 Spring line from Desserts and Skirts! You’ll have a chance to shop the collection (and the entire store) before and after the styling session!
BONUS: Desserts and Skirts designer Nicole Boudreau will be giving away a piece from her spring collection!
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Guest Blog: Style Coach Liz Parker on how to ReFRESH your Spring Wardrobe!

We’re excited to have the stylish, spirited and oh-so-fun Liz Parker with us tomorrow night for our ReFRESH YOUR WARDROBE event at our Queen Street store tomorrow night! 

Read on to get to know Liz a bit better and find out more about this fun event and the insight she’ll be sharing!
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I’m quite excited by the event coming up with Fresh Collective on Wednesday night.  What I love about fashion is it’s an instant, daily, obvious way to express yourself.  For some people, fashion is pure instinct and talent; for others, it takes a bit of work figuring out what works and their bodies types, and why.

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Once you get the basics down – which is learning what fits your body – you can build from there.  Start with the basic in your wardrobe (little black dress, jeans, tops) and then build on that (experimenting with colour, prints, accessories, shoes).
I follow the fashion trends as a hobby and obsession.  I remember Estee Lauder’s perfume “Beautiful” featuring Pauliza Porizkova as a bride in the 90s, following the sexually charged “Obsession” ads by Calvin Klein, which were less acceptable in the wake of the then AIDS crisis of the late 80s.  I remember when cargo pants became the rage in the early 00s … because of the war in Iraq.  It became trendy to resemble the troops.  Fashion reflects both our times, as well as you, and where you’re at.
I’ll be chatting about some of the trends we can actually wear.


1)  Black and White (yay!  Don’t we all have a pair of black pants and a white top?).  It doesn’t have to be boring; I’ll show you how to add a pop of colour to freshen up your outfit.

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2) Prints (don’t be afraid of prints.  I’ll wear them on my pants, but if that’s scary, then I’ll show you how to ease into this trend)
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3) Flats and low heels (THANK GOD.  I hate high heels.) Please note: flats does not mean “baked potato” shoes.  You can be quite stylish in practical shoes.
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4) What do I wear with jeans? I’m hearing that a lot of you come into the store asking this.  I’ll bring in a pair of jeans and show you how I wear ’em.  I love a fashion challenge, and helping any person of any body type find the right fit and feel really good about his or her outfit.
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I look forward to seeing you there!
xo – LP


Meet Liz at Fresh Collective Queen St TOMORROW NIGHT for our ReFRESH Your Wardrobe Event. Click here to learn more and RSVP!


Become a FC Ambassador!

Fresh Collective is here because of all the wonderful people who join us on our journey – designers, staff, fans and customers. It’s important to us to be part of the community, spreading joy and beauty through what we do in many ways.
We’re looking for a few good women to help spread the word about what’s fabulous at Fresh Collective. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to join the inner circle at Fresh Collective. You’ll get first glimpse at our clothing each season, get products to review, and you’ll be treated like a Fresh Collective VIP with photo shoots, product samples, invites to special events (ours and other people’s too!).

In return, we ask that you share the good word about what you have experienced through our FC Ambassador program. Rant and/or rave about the product we’ve provided you, share the experiences you’ve had with us on your social media channels (and ours) and help us spread the good word. Phew, being a social butterfly is hard work!

If you’re interested in being a 2013 FC Ambassador, click here and tell us why!
Also, meet our current FC Ambassadors here.

 

FC Event – Bullfrog Power Party Snaps

We got our fab party snaps back from our great event photographer! Check out the great fun we all had at last weeks Bullfrog Power event at the Roncesvalles store!

Special thanks to:
Ashlea Wessel (our fantastic and talented photographer)
Steamwhistle (for the delicious beer)
Hidden Bench (for the equally delicious wine)
Sweetpea’s (for the beautiful flower arrangements)
Rowe Farms (for the tasty treats)
Glory Hole Doughnuts (for the surprise snacks)

And to our amazing designers, FC ambassadors and store staff for filling the Roncesvalles location with fabulous people! We’re so proud to be Bullfrog Powered!

Fresh Collective Bullfrog Event via Twitter!

Last night we played host to a fantastic event celebrating our new partnership with Bullfrog Power! We had an amazing turnout of FC Ambassadors, Staff, Designers, new friends and the wonderful staff of Bullfrog. We had a wonderful evening and are so unbelievably proud to have all 3 FC locations powered by Bullfrog!

Thank you to everyone that came out to share this evening with us! If you weren’t there you can relive it through the wonderful Twitterverse:

More fantastic images to come!

Experience the fabulous Bullfrog Power event at Fresh Collective Roncesvalles on September 27th through the fabulous eyes of twitter…

http://storify.com/FreshCollective/fresh-collective-loves-bullfrog

Percussionist Michelle Hwu falls for Fresh Collective!

One of our darling FC Ambassadors, Liz Parker recently took percussionist Michelle Hwu on a Shop & Walk tour and made a stop at Fresh Collective! Michelle had a great time trying on some of our great new fall finds (and somehow managed to look stunning in everything)!

Here are some great FC items on the lovely Michelle:

Michelle Hwu in Brenda Beddome

Dress by Brenda Beddome

 

Michelle Hwu in Fresh Baked Goods

Cardigan by Fresh Baked Goods

 

Michelle Hwu in Annie 50

Dress by Annie 50

 

Michelle Hwu in Michelle Carey

Dress by Michelle Carey

Michelle Hwu in Michelle Carey
Fabulous photos courtesy of Jeff Higgins Photography

Michelle, we hope you love the new additions to your wardrobe and we’re proud to have you rockin’ FC in the music world!
Contact an FC location near you to check availability on these gorgeous items!

FC AMBASSADOR GUEST BLOG : LIZ PARKER


Every year, I practise an annual tradition that I hold dear to my heart. Around the end of August or the start of September – a month I call “Fashion New Year” – I take an afternoon off, go buy the huge, bulky, September issue of Vogue. I while away the fading summer sun, reading it from cover to cover, sipping on a fancy coffee, noting the trends, past, current, and future. This year, I decided to do something different, and invite a friend to join me. She understood the sanctity of this annual ritual and was honoured.

We were to meet up the day after the Fresh Collective Ambassador meet and greet on August 29/12, where I had fun posing for this shot, wearing a Nude Clothes dress and Susana Erazo belt:

On August 30, the plan was I get my roots done, we buy our Vogue magazines, and park ourselves on a patio for the afternoon. That was not to be. On Thursday, August 30, I was struck by a car that ran a red light as I crossed the street. It’s funny how the mind works when you go into shock. Part of me was all there: instructing the driver to pull over; securing a witness to email me what he saw; taking a photo of my injury; being glad I shaved my legs since the paramedics were examing them. The other part of me was explaining to the paramedics how I couldn’t POSSIBLY go to emergency – I was on my way to get my roots done! (I cancelled my hair appointment and went to emergency.)

So I was going to write about how exciting it was to anticipate fall fashion, but now I’m thinking about its therapeutic nature instead. As my friend sat with me at emergency, I kept telling her, “we are still buying our Vogues, you know,” and she said “of course!” Believe it or not, after being released from hospital (nothing broken – but today as I write this, I still feel the affects of being hit), and despite gentle protests from my loyal friend, I marched her (she marched; I limped) to a magazine stand and we got our Vogues, and sat in a Queen West bar looking at them over cocktails as the light faded.

It was days before I bothered with lipstick and accessorizing (when I ignore both you KNOW I ain’t well) but I thought how about how much fun I had at the Ambassador meet and greet, and ho much I love my acquisitions. Below is the same dress and belt as above, but this time with a Fresh Baked Goods jacket with gold clasp, from Fresh Collective. The shoes are Bobbi Blu:

I thought about how much I can’t wait to wear this sharp ensemble to Toronto’s Fashion Night Out, which is happening in a few hours as I write this. Below is a Mandala Design tie-top and Brenda Beddome stretch jeans, from Fresh Collective. The other items include a hat by The Hatter; JJ Winters bag, and shoes by Aldo:

To be excited about clothes again is a good sign of my recovery. My life did not flash before my eyes and I didn’t gain any significant insight re: the universe. The gift I received from this is I check the streets obsessively before I cross.

I am happy to say that Fresh Collective has been a part of my healing process, and the staff has been wonderful asking how I’m doing.

Have a Happy Fashion New Year. Celebrate life!

Liz Parker, LIZPR
www.lizpr.com
@LIZPR